After thirteen years in prison, a man named Fassl is released and cleared of murder charges when DNA evidence proves he had nothing to do with the murder of an entire family though he was present on the scene. Doggett, who made the arrest, refuses to accept Fassl's innocence and pursues the case again.

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Robert M. Fassl
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Attorney Jana Fain
Alan Davidson ...
Bearded Man
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Assistant D.A. Damon Kaylor
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Warden Brian Hutchinson
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Duke Tomasick (as Arthur Nascarella)
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Mrs. Dowdy (as Mary-Margaret Lewis)
Michael Patterson ...
Dad
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Rick Garcia ...
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After thirteen years in prison, a man named Fassl is released and cleared of murder charges when DNA evidence proves he had nothing to do with the murder of an entire family though he was present on the scene. Doggett, who made the arrest, refuses to accept Fassl's innocence and pursues the case again.

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The killer in the story looks like Charles Manson. There are messages written on the wall in blood like in the Manson murders. See more »

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After Assistant D.A. Damon Kaylor is murdered, Fassl kneels down over the body. As the camera pulls up above the scene, you can see the base of the camera hoist roll into view from the left. See more »

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Duke Tomasick: I'm sorry, John.
John Doggett: You framed Fassl.
Duke Tomasick: You saw how it was going down. We arrested him at the scene, but he left no prints, no hair, no fibre. Nothing to actually tie him to the murders.
John Doggett: How did you do it?
Duke Tomasick: I took, um... a part of a hair sample that was found at a... at a previous murder and I put it in with the evidence from our crime scene. Johnny... it was the one and only time I ever did anything like that. I was scared Fassl would walk. I couldn't let that happen. Not when I knew that... I knew ...
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In the main title for the ninth season, a piece of paper flashes across the screen listing "FBI Contacts: Witnesses and Contributors." The names on the list are screen names of the series' on-line fans. For episodes #9.01-#9.11, the names were randomly picked from various X-Files message boards. For episodes #9.12-#9.19, the names came from contest entries. See more »

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References Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1908) See more »

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Average across the board, but hey, at least we're out of the hospital.
11 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A lot of season 9 episodes have a character hospitalized. I mean how many One Breath ripoffs can you make? Anyway, Underneath was a nice change of pace because we get to see Doggett's old self in his NYPD days. A man he put away years ago, "The Screwdriver Killer", has been exonerated from his crimes but Doggett is still convinced the man is guilty. It's good to see Doggett taking charge of a seemingly normal case so passionately - very Mulder-esque. Sadly the case itself is average: a man cannot face his fears so his fears manifest into a separate entity. We've seen it before, but it's undoubtedly an X-File and actually feels like one (unlike many season 9 episodes) which is a plus.

Overall this is a passable episode and little more than that. It has the benefit of being a monster-of-the-week not at all related to the mytharc, which has gotten embarrassing at this point, but there are better MOTWs in season 9 alone so Underneath will likely be forgotten. Skippable, but certainly watchable.


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